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Daily Portal Report: Former Saint Peter’s Standouts Commit; Sun Belt POY Heading to Miami

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As the week has progressed we’ve already seen a host of exciting names enter the transfer portal, officially commit to a program, or announce finalists for a potential transfer destination. The Portal Report has all the latest news and highlights from Tuesday’s transfer portal carousel.

Portal Entries

6-foot-7 forward Josh Mballa has announced he will leave Buffalo and enter the transfer portal in search of a new program. Averaging 13 PPG and 8.6 RPG during the 2021-22 season, Mballa is a two-time Second-Team All-MAC selection and in 2021 was the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Appearing in just seven games for Arizona this past season, senior guard Kim Aiken has announced that he will enter the transfer portal for his fifth year. While he struggled to find minutes for the Wildcats, as a Sophomore at Eastern Washington Aiken averaged 13.3 PPG and 9.7 RPG across 31 starts and was the 2020-21 Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

A four-year starter at Oklahoma State, Isaac Likekele has put his name into the transfer portal after averaging 7.1 PPG, 3.4 APG, and 5.5 RPG in his senior season. Having spent his first four season’s in Stillwater, Likekele is just the seventh player in school history with over 300 assists, 400 rebounds, and 100 steals and has twice earned honorable mentions for All-Big 12 Conference honors.

After spending two seasons at Oklahoma and now a season at Oregon,  De’Vion Harmon has tossed his hat into the transfer portal ring for the second time in his collegiate career. A former top-100 recruit, Harmon averaged 10.8 PPG and 2 APG last season in the PAC-12 starting 34/35 games for the Ducks.

Commitments

After averaging 15.2 PPG and 5.6 APG last season with Florida International, Tevin Brewer will join head coach Keith Dambrot at Duquense to continue his collegiate career. A top-10 scorer within Conference USA throughout 2021-22, Brewer also lead in assists and sat top-15 in 3-pointers made.

A standout on the Saint Peter’s squad that advanced to this season’s past Elite Eight, Daryl  Banks III averaged 11.3 PPG and 2.6 APG for the Peacocks and was the leading scorer in the team’s first-round defeat of Kentucky with 27 points. The Los Angeles native, will attend St. Bonaventure for his senior season in search of yet another tournament appearance and run.

Sun Belt Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Norchad Omier has announced that he will be joining head coach Jim Larrañaga at Miami for next season. Having averaged 17.9 PPG and 12.2 RPG, Omier should have an instant impact for Miami on both the offensive and defensive side of the floor.

The newest addition for first-year Duke head coach Jon Scheyer will be Kale Catchings who joins the Blue Devils from Harvard having managed 9.1 PPG and 4 RPG throughout the previous Ivy League season. A graduate transfer, Catchings will add valuable experience to a Duke backcourt that will be primarily run by incoming freshmen.

Former 6-foot-11 Nebraska sophomore Eduardo Andre announced today that he would be signing with Fresno State in anticipation of the 2022-23 college basketball season. Despite only averaging 3.1 PPG and 3.2 RPG for the Cornhuskers, Andre will provide a strong inside presence and some key defensive attributes to a Bulldogs program that’s struggled defensively.

The third player from Saint Peter’s historic tournament run to leave the program following, Matthew Lee has committed to Missouri State after finishing the 2020-21 season averaging 6.8 PPG and 2.9 APG. As the Peacocks’ primary ball-handler over the past two seasons, Lee has consistently found himself within the top-10 of the MAAC’s leaderboards for assists, assists average, and assists/turnover ratio and should slot into Dana Ford’s guard-heavy roster nicely.

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